02. How ‘agile’ can a practical MIMO antenna really be?


  • Instrumentation improved a lot over the last 30 years without challenging the fundamental law governing a measurement system: be the best at 1 measurement under 1 set of operation conditions. In the meantime, the systems-under-test have experienced a major restyling: systems-on-a-chip increased the integration level and the flexibility, at the cost of a very large space fo settings.
  • That is why we need instrument 2.0. This instrument measures all the figures-of-merit of the complete system in 1 single experiment, with a level of accuracy that is tailored to the application. 
  • This topic contributes to the instrument 2.0. It brings instrumentation closer to the flexible, fast and adaptive tool that will be needed to tackle the characterization challenges posed by new applications such as self-driving cars or post 5G telecommunication.

In the era of 5G and beyond, communication systems with integrated and sophisticated antenna systems are emerging to further increase channel capacity without increasing the exposure significantly. The spatial and temporal sophistication flexibility did not yet reflect in improved characterization of these over-the-air systems. The call for fast, accurate, and inexpensive characterization from within the industry becomes ever louder. Do you want to contribute to a better speed-versus-accuracy-versus complexity compromise for antenna measurements? Are you keen to provide a solution for an industry relevant brainteaser?  We are always eager to provide you with more detailed information (virtually or face-to-face) without any obligation.

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